A new way of intelligent energy management was introduced to the First Nations village of Hartley Bay with the goal of helping achieve the Gitg’at First Nations Energy Vision: To be the greenest First Nations community in Canada. This energy vision was achieved by the Hedgehog Technologies team who architected and installed a smart micro-grid and energy-efficient system. This system, by Hedgehog (sub-contracted by Pulse Energy), was the first complete islanded smart micro-grid in British Columbia.
Project: HARTLEY BAY SMART MICROGRID/HESQUIHAT METERING SYSTEM
Project Date: 2008 –2013
Clients: Hartley Bay, NR CAN – CANMET ENERGY, Pulse Energy Inc.
Location: BC Central Coast the Hartley Bay smart Microgrid system is comprised of seven components:
- Creating a community energy efficiency and demand management strategy;
- Installing a real-time energy measurement system to 100% of all electrical loads (Smart Meters) and fuel flow meters to generators for GHG emission monitoring;
- Building models and running simulations to estimate the benefit of enhanced control;
- Installing high penetration demand response system (Demand Management) and developing installation guides for replacing diesel boilers with heat pumps;
- Creating real-time asset management and monitoring system;
- Optimizing generator dispatching and dump load utilization;
- Controlling demand based on critical vs. non-critical load weighting strategy. A link was made to match the optimal generation (diesel and run of the river) dispatch efficiency with optimal/acceptable energy demand profiles.
To support the effort, Hedgehog Technologies initiated an engagement program to promote energy conservation amongst the residents. The main user-facing program elements included:
- Installing smart meters and Pulse Energy Manager
- Promoting energy awareness in the community
- Providing training to local energy managers
Results: Residents reduced annual community energy use by 15% by using Pulse Energy Manager software to identify energy anomalies, locate operational inefficiencies and ensure persistence of savings.
For more about this project:
Demand Response Implementation for Remote Communities
Natural Resources Canada: The First Canadian Smart Remote Microgrid
From Pulse Energy: Achieving community-wide savings
Presentation: Alternative Energy for BC First Nations Gathering